Learning Exhibition Access Tour


Join guide Edward Richards for a tour of the highlights of the exhibition SKATEBOARD, delivered in British Sign Language for d/Deaf visitors using BSL and their companions.

Exhibition photography by Felix Speller

What to expect

Edward Richards leads a tour through the SKATEBOARD exhibition for D/deaf visitors who use British Sign Language and their companions.

Within the elegantly simple parameters of its key components – deck, trucks and wheels – skaters have repeatedly re-designed the skateboard to suit their performance style and surroundings.

Since the 1950s, skateboarding has developed from a novel children’s hobby into one of the most popular, accessible, and spectacular sports in the world. SKATEBOARD chronicles the history of skateboard design from homemade, humble beginnings to today’s professional and technologically advanced models.

Around 90 rare and unique boards are on display, alongside over 100 other objects, including hardware such as wheels and tucks, safety equipment, VHS tapes, DVDs, magazines and ephemera.

Exhibition tour: 10:30 – 12.00

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Booking information

Pre-booking required.

Due to limited capacity, this tour is only for D/deaf visitors who use British Sign Language and their companions.
We are unable to accommodate hearing visitors who are learning British Sign Language.
Asssitance dogs are welcome.

– Please ensure you only book if you plan to attend and please cancel your booking in advance if your availability changes.

– Suitable Age: 16+
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Visit our Terms & Conditions page for further information.

Pay-What-You-Can supports visitors who might find the standard ticket price a barrier.


Edward Richards

Richards studied Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts and since 2002 has enjoyed delivering British Sign Language tours in museums and galleries to the Deaf community. In addition, he has given socio-documentary photography talks on artists including Robert Frank and Elton John’s ‘The Radical Eye’ exhibition at Tate Modern.

The exhibition


The first major UK exhibition to map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today – a story of design, performance and communities progressing together.

Background image: SKATEBOARD exhibition photographed by Felix Speller.